Wimbledon to allocate prize money despite cancellation
WIMBLEDON Wimbledon will pay out $12.5 million in prize money to 620 players despite the tournament's cancellation because of the coronavirus pandemic, the All England Club said Friday. Immediately following the cancellation of The Championships, we turned our attention to how we could assist those who help make Wimbledon happen," All England Club chief executive Richard Lewis said. We know these months of uncertainty have been very worrying for these groups, including the players, many of whom have faced financial difficulty during this period and who would have quite rightly anticipated the opportunity to earn prize money at Wimbledon based on their world ranking, Lewis said. The pandemic forced officials to cancel the tournament for the first time since 1945. The club also announced that the grass court seeding formula used since 2002 has served its time."